India: Social Development Report 2014 looks at the state of health policies in India and assesses its dynamics—its failures and triumphs—suggesting, through essays and empirical data, ways of improving the existing conditions. Four parts comprise the report which:
Focusses on the nature of development itself, agricultural, nutritional and welfare policies, legislation, and welfare programmes and their implication for health.
Evaluates different aspects of health and health services, offering positive insights and delineating the challenges it faces; it assesses the existing trends and outcomes of liberalisation and health sector reforms from different perspectives and in different priority areas such as women’s health, hospital and health service systems.
Develops further the CSD Social Development Index by extending its coverage to north-eastern states, offering comparisons between gender, social classes and rural and urban population; showing the close link between health and other development indices; and
Takes stock of the challenges and hurdles faced by the country’s health system and focuses on a vision of the future of public sector health services in the country emphasising the primacy of politics.
The Social Development Report 2014 is a window to what happens when unfettered policy transition support commodification of the health service for a purely growth-oriented development. It presents evidence of the resulting dependence on the private sector, the undermining of public sector health services, and social welfare conductive to health. Lessons from within the country and abroad indicate that the crisis in the health sector can be tackled if state health services are revived and a broader vision of public health guides policy.
Social Development and Economic Progress: Some Reflections on the Relationship: Deepak Nayyar
Agrarian Crisis, Farmers’ Distress, and Exclusionary Growth: K.B. Saxena
Aspects of Food Security: The Production and Absorption of Food Grains in India in Recent Years: Utsa Patnaik
In the Name of the Poor: Urban Growth and Renewal: Dunu Roy
Equitable Access to Drinking Water through Public Private Partnership: A Myth or Reality Gaurav Dwivedi
Before or After Birth? Mortality, Sex Selection, and the Girl Child: Mary E. John
The Reluctant State: Lacunae in Current Child Health and Nutrition Policies and Programmes in India: Vandana Prasad and Dipa Sinha
Locating Health in the Movement against Manual Scavenging: Usha Ramanathan and Beswada Wilson
Lessons Learned From Public Health Interventions
Rebuilding Trust in Health Service Systems: Lessons from the South African Experience: Rama V. Baru
How has Tamil Nadu Fared under NRHM: An Introspection: Girija Vaidyanathan
Tamil Nadu: A Critical Engagement: Rakhal Gaitonde
Success and Constraints of the National Rural Health Mission: Is there a Need for Course Correction for India’s Move towards Universal Health Coverage?: Rajesh Narwal
Developments in India’s Domestic Pharmaceutical Sector and Implications for Universal Health Care in India: Biswajit Dhar and Reji Joseph
Shifts in Medical Research: Influence of Private Capital: Sandhya Srinivasan
Medical Knowledge, Policy, and People: Medicinal Plants and the Demand for Ayurvedic Medicines: Madhulika Banerjee
Publicly Financed Health Insurance Schemes in India: How Effective are They in Providing Financial Risk Protection?: Sakthivel Selvaraj, Anup K. Karan and Indranil Mukhopadhyay
Design, Implementation, and Patient Experiences of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and Vajpayee Arogyashree Scheme: A Qualitative Study from Bangalore District, Karnataka: Akhila Vasan, Sylvia K. Arpagam and Vijayakumar Seethappa
Public Private Partnership in Healthcare: Trajectories and Experiences from West Bengal: Bijoya Roy
The Commercialisation of Public Health Services: Perspectives from Three States— West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh: Kasturi Sen, Samir Guha Roy, Shuba Kumar and Kethineni V.Narayana
Birthing Experiences of Marginalised Women in a Peri-urban Public Health System: A Qualitative Study of Maternity Care: Nalini Visvanathan and Monika Walia
Must History Repeat Itself? The Role of Dais in Maternity Care in Backward Districts of Himachal Pradesh: Imrana Qadeer, Bijoya Roy, and Sandhya Gautam
Poor Women’s Health and Stresses of Life: A Case Study from Pauri Garhwal: Ramila Bisht
Singrauli: Development, but at Whose Cost?: Vasudha A. and Ragini Prem
Social Development Index
Social Development Index 2014: Surajit Deb
A Vision for an Alternate Public Health Service for India: Debabar Banerji